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Tom Watson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (64) / 9/4/1949
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 175
College: Stanford University

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Tom Watson will drive down Magnolia Lane on a Thursday morning for the 41st time in his career this week at the Masters.
The U.S. Ryder Cup captain will get a rare glimpse at his pool of candidates this week. It's already been reported that he played a practice round with Jimmy Walker on Tuesday, and he is paired with Billy Horschel for the first two rounds. While Watson would love to make his 25th cut, there is much for him to glean just by being on the grounds and in the locker room. Apr 8 - 9:05 PM

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Tom Watson closed out a successful week at The Greenbrier Classic with a final-round 3-under-par 32-35=67.

Watson circled an impressive six birdies at The Old White TPC, giving back three bogeys in the process. Five of those birdies were from inside seven feet and the longest was from 10'8" on the par-4 ninth. What's amazing is that he only landed eight GIR, meaning he rolled it to a 1.25 putting average. After losing strokes with the flat stick relative to the field each of the first three rounds, he picked up more than three in the finale. His final tally was a 4-under 276.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Tom Watson navigated The Old White TPC in 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic and his 3-under 137 will be good enough for a weekend tee time.

While it probably wasn't necessary to secure the cut, lunch will taste a little better on the heels of his 24'4" birdie to end his round at the par-4 ninth. In all, he found four birdies to three bogeys, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 GIR in the process. Had the putter cooperated at all, he could be fighting for a top 10. He lost over a stroke to the field in strokes gained-putting.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 01:00:00 PM

Tom Watson will make his third appearance in The Greenbrier Classic.

The former pro at Greenbrier missed the cut in 2011, then tied for 73rd last season due in part to a second-round 2-under-par 68. His schedule is evolving into a predictable pattern of playing The Open Championship and the Masters in addition to his return to The Old White TPC, while mixing in some Champions Tour starts in the middle.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 10:06:00 PM

Tom Watson will try and conjure up some magic in his 40th trip to the Masters.

Everyone remembers Watson’s brush with history in 2009, nearly becoming the oldest major winner by a large margin when he fell to Stewart Cink in a playoff at Turnberry in the Open Championship. Augusta National’s length will make it tough for him to put together a similar run, as the two-time green jacket recipient has only made two of his last 15 cuts.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 09:45:00 PM

The PGA of America announced today that Tom Watson will serve as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

This fulfills the hoopla surrounding Watson since Sunday when he acknowledged in Australia that he'd love a chance to return to the helm. He captained the victorious U.S. squad at The Belfry in England in 1993. "I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call," Watson said this morning. "I loved it the first time. I'm a great fan of the Ryder Cup. It's a great honor to be able to do it again." The European captain is expected to be named next month.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 10:28:00 AM

Tom Watson will compete in The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC.

Watson gave it a go in this event last year after cashing at the British Open two weeks prior, but was unable to see the weekend. He's kept his scheduled light in 2012, making only three starts on the Champions Tour to go with his annual pilgrimage to August National.
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 09:49:00 PM

Tom Watson has a penchant for showing up on the occasional leaderboard at majors and hopes to make the 2012 Masters one of those tournaments.

Watson last defied his age and made the cut at the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George's. The two-time Masters champion also made the cut after opening with a 5-under 67 in the first round of the 2010 edition.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 10:41:00 PM

Tom Watson finished two rounds of the 140th British Open in 2-over-par 72-70=142, and will play the weekend at Royal St. George's.

The beat goes on for the 61-year-old, five-time British Open champ. His splits aren't pretty -- 13 (of 28) fairways, 21 greens, 59 putts -- but they're largely irrelevant as he's at most a one-time investment for fantasy gamers. Meanwhile, hit second round featured a hole-in-one at the par-4 sixth hole, where he used a 4-iron and one-hopped it into the cup. Afterwards, Watson told ESPN that it's the fifteenth ace in his life. He added that his first occurred when he was 10 or 11 years old while he was playing alone.
Fri, Jul 15, 2011 10:41:00 AM

Tom Watson defeated David Eger on the first playoff hole with a birdie to win the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

Watson and Eger completed 72 holes in an aggregate 10-under-par 278 to force sudden death. In the playoff, Eger's tee ball at the par-5 18th hole came to rest in the rough left of the fairway, leaving an awkward stance and no chance at hitting the green in two. Watson split the fairway and then hit his second into a greenside bunker; Eger laid up to a good number. With this third, Eger hit to about 10 feet, and then Watson blasted out to three feet. Eger then burned the right edge with his birdie attempt, settling for a 5. Watson buried his short birdie try for his second career Senior PGA title (2001), becoming the oldest (61 years, 8 months) to win a major on the Champions Tour. The victory also exempts him into the PGA Championship, the only major on the under-50 circuit that he hasn't won.
Sun, May 29, 2011 06:35:00 PM

After scoring 4-over-par 75-73=148, Tom Watson will miss the cut at the British Open.

Watson incurred a double bogey on the par-5 5th hole today, dashing his chances to play the weekend. He then bogeyed 16 and 17, cementing his fate. Then, as soon as he struck his ball on the 18th tee, the horn sounded, signifying the end of play today. As the five-time British Open champ approached the Swilcan Bridge, likely for the last time, the entourage scattered, giving him the stage. He walked beside it, gave it a kiss and then posed for pictures for several minutes atop it. But he wasn't done, he pitched his second shot to within two inches of the hole, leaving a tap-in birdie. While the final hole at St. Andrews is hardly one of the more challenging finishing holes in major championship history, it does allow its major champions to exit the game with grandeur and grace, and even a birdie-3 every now and then. Jack Nicklaus, for one, also birdied the hole in his last showing at the course in 2005.
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 05:03:00 PM

The United States Golf Association has given 60-year-old Tom Watson a special exemption into the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

The USGA doesn't hand these out very often - Nick Price was the last recipient, in 2005 - but Watson has earned it, and it's the fifth such exemption he's received dating back to 1993. He won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1982. That title was highlighted by the famous chip-in at the 71st hole; he went on to beat Jack Nicklaus by two strokes. "I am deeply grateful to the USGA for extending me the invitation to play in the U.S. Open at one of my favorite golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links," Watson said. "Some of my life’s favorite times have been spent near Stillwater Cove. I know there will be more this coming June."
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 12:46:00 PM

Tom Watson spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of The Masters.

Summoning the brilliance that nearly led to a title at last year's British Open, Watson birdied the 1st, 3rd, 15th, 16th and 18th holes today to take the clubhouse lead. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 11 GIR to match his career low in 119 rounds at this tournament. He's posted 67 four times now, but not since 1990. Until today, he hadn't broken par since 2002, also the last time he made the cut. Inclement weather is expected late this afternoon, and will likely impact play.
Thu, Apr 8, 2010 02:39:00 PM

The R&A has revised its qualifying criteria for the British Open to allow all past champions a five-year exemption after finishing inside the top-10 at the event.

This directly influences the eligibility of 2009 British Open runner-up, Tom Watson, who turned 60 in September and was facing his final start in the major at St. Andrews in 2010 because of the age restriction. "We have introduced this exemption as a direct response to seeing two of our great Open Champions, both in their fifties, challenging to win our championship these last two years," explained Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, also inferring Greg Norman's T-3 in 2008 at the age of 53.
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 10:41:00 AM

Tom Watson posted a final round of 2-over-par 72 and finished in second place after a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink.

Watson birdied the 17th hole to take a one-stroke lead going into the 72nd hole of the Open. His tee shot found the fairway, but his approach shot was too strong and he went over the green. After a round of thunderous applause from the 18th hole crowd, he decided to putt the ball to the green, however he was too strong again and put the ball 10-feet past the cup. The 10-foot putt to win the Open title came up short and created a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink. Watson was a stroke down going into the third playoff hole at the par-5 17th, however an errant tee shot caused a double-bogey that sealed his second place finish.
Sun, Jul 19, 2009 02:57:00 PM